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Buckled pavement closes Columbus Drive in Grant Park

The street buckled near Columbus Drive Roosevelt Road Wednesday July 4 2012. | Dave Newbart~Sun-Times

The street buckled near Columbus Drive and Roosevelt Road on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. | Dave Newbart~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 4, 2012 8:21PM

A portion of Columbus Drive in Grant Park is closed Wednesday as crews work to fix a stretch of buckled pavement.

The pavement buckled across the entire width of Columbus Drive near Roosevelt Road, creating a bump nearly five inches high, a Central District sergeant said. Officials first discovered the problem sometime after 3:30 p.m.

City Department of Transportation crews have closed Columbus between Balbo Avenue and Roosevelt Road as they fix the pavement, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

No injuries or crashes were reported from the incident but the street remains closed Wednesday evening.

High temperatures are typically responsible for pavement buckling in the summer months, officials said, though they couldn’t immediately confirm that Chicago’s triple-digit heat wave is to blame for Wednesday’s damage.

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